President Donald Trump recently returned from his trip to Asia — a tour he touted as successful.
While he focuses on things here at home, former president Barack Obama delivered an address in India.
Speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Obama used his time to take subtle jabs at Trump and one big shot at Fox News viewers.
He made his comments to Karan Thapar, a well-known journalist in India.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Thapar referred to Michelle Obama’s comments at an event in Toronto on Tuesday where she offered her views on Twitter, taking an obvious jab at Trump, stating that it was “never a good idea” to put your first thought in the morning on social media and never a good idea to “tweet from bed.” The former first lady also stressed the importance of doing drafts adding, “you need to edit and spell-check it.”
“It wasn’t me she talked about,” replied Obama, drawing more laughter from the audience. “I also use punctuation in my text, which my daughters think is odd.” He elaborated that “Michelle was giving the general idea, which your mother also said, that don’t say the first thing that pops in your head. Have a little bit of an edit function ... think before you speak, think before you tweet.”
Another negative impact of these technologies has been that they have “created these information silos,” Obama said, expanding on his point by drawing comparisons with traditional media. “Those who watch Fox News and those who read The New York Times occupy completely different realities. If I watch Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me. I would watch it and say who is that guy [Obama]? This character Barack was portrayed in weird ways. It is all edited and shaped. ... The point is, you get multiple realities.”
Obama then went to China to have a face-to-face meeting with President Xi Jinping. During his time with Xi, Obama made it clear that he still wants a seat at the table when it comes to U.S. and China relations.
Obama told Xi that he was willing to play a continued role in strengthening mutual understanding, exchange and cooperation between the two nations, Xinhua said.
The former president's trip to Asia was about shedding more light on his organization, the Obama Foundation. But his veiled comments about Trump and Fox News don't quite fall under his mission statement to “inspire and empower people to change the world.”